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Henny Jasiewicz
Trumpet, leader

Henry David (Henny) Jasiewicz was born in McKeesport, PA on May 22, 1945. He has performed professionally since he was nine (9) years old. In 1954 Leo Gibala started a band with four (4) of his own children and asked Henny’s father (Henry Thomas Jasiewicz – 1991 IPA Hall of Fame inductee) if his son would be interested in playing trumpet in their band. That group, known as the Bell Hops Orchestra, became locally and nationally recognized as they performed at numerous charity events, dances, weddings as well as on local radio and television shows.

Henny spent several years with the Bell Hops mastering his craft and growing in his musical abilities. In 1964 the band recorded their first of two (2) albums on the Jay Jay label titled, “Polka Hops”. Their second album was recorded in 1965 and titled, “New Polkas for You”. In the late 1960’s the Bell Hops disbanded and Henny began playing with another local Pittsburgh band called, The Polish All-Stars.

In 1972 Henny started his own band called, Henny & the Versa J’s…which is currently enjoying its 42nd consecutive year in existence. During those 42 years, the Versa J’s performed locally, nationally and even internationally with a tour of Poland in 2000. The band, led by Henny, has been fortunate enough to win the following awards:

2011:

Inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame.

2004:

• Grammy Award Nomination for Best Polka Recording

• International Polka Association (IPA) Awards:

       Favorite Album or CD - Come On Over

       Favorite Song - Do You Remember? (Fiddle Medley)

• United States Polka Association (USPA) Awards:

       Favorite Album - Come On Over

       Favorite Song - Come On Over

• 24/7 Polka Heaven Awards:

       Best Album - Come On Over

       Best Song - Touch of the Master's Hand

       Polka Entertainers of the Year - Henny & the Versa J's

• "Groundhog Grammy" from the Punxsutawney Polka Boosters

• Proclamation from the City of McKeesport making the month of May, “Henny & the Versa J's Month”.

1993:

• International Polka Association (IPA) Awards:

       Favorite Song - If I Could Be Like You

Henny’s talents on trumpet as well as vocals can be heard on the following recordings:

• 2009 – Don’t Stop

 2004 - Come On Over

• 1998 - Mother's Hands

• 1997 - Sharing Our Blessings

• 1993 - If I Could Be Like You

• 1990 - A Tribute to Our Dad with Love

• 1989 - Three Generations of Polkas

• 1982 - Home Style Polkas

• 1964 - Polka Hops

• 1965 - New Polkas for You

Note: Henny has also performed on three (3) 45 recordings.

Remarkably, Henny has been going strong for 60 straight years and is showing no signs of slowing down. It has been his tremendously steady hand that has guided the Versa J’s and provided thousands of fans over the years with the opportunity to enjoy the Polish music that they love as they celebrate their heritage and culture.

Beyond music Henny is also a dedicated family man. Married to his wife of forty-three (44) years, they have two (2) children and six (6) grandchildren.

E-mail at: henny@versaj.com

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